EW DELHI: While the Pakistani Inter Services Public
Relations claimed that former ISI director-general Lt-Gen Mahmud
Ahmad sought retirement after being superseded on Monday, the truth
is more shocking.
Top sources confirmed here on Tuesday, that
the general lost his job because of the "evidence" India produced to
show his links to one of the suicide bombers that wrecked the World
Trade Centre. The US authorities sought his removal after confirming
the fact that $100,000 were wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from
Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the instance of Gen
Senior government sources have confirmed that India
contributed significantly to establishing the link between the money
transfer and the role played by the dismissed ISI chief. While they
did not provide details, they said that Indian inputs, including
Sheikh’s mobile phone number, helped the FBI in tracing and
establishing the link.
A direct link between the ISI and the
WTC attack could have enormous repercussions. The US cannot but
suspect whether or not there were other senior Pakistani Army
commanders who were in the know of things. Evidence of a larger
conspiracy could shake US confidence in Pakistan’s ability to
participate in the anti-terrorism coalition.
officials say they are vitally interested in the unravelling of the
case since it could link the ISI directly to the hijacking of the
Indian Airlines Kathmandu-Delhi flight to Kandahar last December.
Ahmad Umar Sayeed Sheikh is a British national and a London School
of Economics graduate who was arrested by the police in Delhi
following a bungled 1994 kidnapping of four westerners, including an